The popular cliché that life begins at ’40’ is no doubt a sad reality for Nigerian Instagram celebrity cum International fraudster, Ramon Abbas also known as Hushpuppi, as he celebrates his 40th birthday in prison.
HausaToday reports that Hushpuppi before his arrest in June 2020, boasts of over 2.5 million followers on Instagram and had taken great pride in himself as the highest-paid social media influencer.
The 40-year-old fraudster, who was born on October 11, 1982, claimed to be a real estate developer and was also known for his lavish lifestyle, spending on exotic cars, designer clothes, and bags from luxury brands, especially Gucci.
For someone like Hushuppi, celebrating his 40th birthday would have made social media agog considering the kind of gifts he would have probably gifted himself on such a milestone and the birthday party.
However, just like everyone will look forward to celebrating their 40th birthday with so much excitement and happiness, it will not be out of place to say this is not the case for Hushpuppi, who is still in prison.
This is the second birthday the popular Instagram celebrity would be observing in prison.
For Hushpuppi’s 38th birthday, Gucci recognised the flamboyant Nigerian big boy as a regular buyer of their luxury product and surprised him with a Gucci-Branded cake.
Hushpuppi also penned a heartfelt message for himself on his Instagram page.
He wrote: ”As I turn a year older into my 30s today, I want to celebrate all of you out there who have through the years been very supportive in any form to me, those of you who mostly I have never met, spoken to or anything but have been a strong supporter of me through every situation until this point and still riding for me, I want you to know wherever you are that I celebrate and appreciate you today, today is OUR DAY!
“God bless you all as you continue to show me love through the good and bad times, I look forward to meeting and helping as much as possible and today I will repost all your posts as much as I can.
“God bless you all Team HushPuppi, Team E Pain Them!! Together we shall WIN”
Hushpuppi Sentencing Postponed
Meanwhile, the sentencing of Hushpuppi has been shifted by the US Central District Court in California.
Hushpuppi, in July 2021, agreed to plead guilty to the multi-million-dollar fraud charges slammed against him by the American government.
The internet fraudster entered into a plea bargain agreement with the US authorities in the hope of getting a lighter punishment.
The trial judge, Otis Wright in a notice released by the US authorities fixed November 7, 2022, as the date to sentence Hushpuppi.
The court announcement stating the shift in the date reads, “counsel is notified, the sentencing is continued to November 7, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. as to defendant Ramon Olorunwa Abbas.”
The sentence which was initially fixed by Judge Wright for February 14 was moved to the 11th of July, 2022, before it shifted to September 21 and now November 7.